The Hardy was a two-seat general-purpose biplane developed from the Hart. Production aircraft were built by Gloster Aircraft. The first 37 were powered by 391kW Rolls-Royce Kestrel IB engines, the remaining ten by more powerful Kestrel Xs. These served with the RAF, latterly as a communications type, until 1941.
| ENGINE||1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel IB, 395kW|
| Take-off weight||2270 kg||5005 lb|
| Empty weight||1450 kg||3197 lb|
| Wingspan||11.35 m||37 ft 3 in|
| Length||9.02 m||30 ft 7 in|
| Height||3.23 m||11 ft 7 in|
| Wing area||32.33 m2||348.00 sq ft|
| Max. speed||259 km/h||161 mph|
| Ceiling||5180 m||17000 ft|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 7.7mm machine-guns|
|A three-view drawing (1284 x 1052)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org, e-mail, 17.12.2008 02:04|
The 'K4316' on one of you pictures had a very strange ultimate fate. It was offered by 41 SAAF Sqn ( ?) to the aviation of the 'Public Force' (the colonial army /police) of Belgian Congo where it served from 5 /14 /41 to 5 /26 /41 keeping its RAF serial. It was lost at the landing at Gambala. Both crews were unhurt but the plane wasn't repaired.
Only 2 (bad) pictures or this plane are known. It was the only real combat plane that served with this force before the independance in 1960.
Do you have any comments?
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